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Woman of Wilson: Meleia Bell

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Meleia and Rick Bell, with sons Weston and Bronson

This week's Woman of Wilson is the lovely and talented interior designer, Meleia Bell.

Bell is the wife of developer, Jack Bell. The couple, who met through a mutual friend, have been married 23 years. They are the proud parents of sons, Weston, 21, and Bronson, 18.

Weston is studying at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville - pursuing degrees in both Chemistry and Finance. Bell remains very active in the Mother's Club at Montgomery Bell Academy where her youngest son, Bronson, is in his senior year.

"Weston was born a year and a half after Jack and I married - so we've always had kids at home. When Bronson graduates and goes away to school it will be hard, but we are trying to look at the bright side. We'll have more time to travel," she said.

Bell and her family are members of West Haven Baptist Church.

Outside of the home, Bell has an interior design business.

Her love for design began when she was a sophomore at Lipscomb University. Bell said she didn't like any of the majors the school offered at that time, and transferred into a school for interior design.

Bell attended O'More College of Design and Watkins College of Art, Design and Film.

"Your home is where you spend most of your time. I always try to help people make their homes a reflection of themselves. When I come up with a design I like it to be things they like - colors they like, collections, family photos," she said, adding that she's been fortunate to work with many families in Wilson County.

"Because I manage my own business I have the flexibility to take care of my family as well as meet with clients on a daily basis," she said. "My line of work also allows me to be able to work alongside Jack, who is a builder and developer."

In her spare time, Bell enjoys being with her family, traveling, going to the lake and working out at the gym. Some of her most treasured family vacations have been to Yellowstone in Wyoming.

Something many folks do not know about Bell is that she has struggled with hearing loss since her late 20s.

"After my first son was born, my hearing began to fade. I have had to use hearing aids for the past 15 years, which, to my surprise, not only helped me hear better but also improved my quality of life," she said. "I can now enjoy a day with my family and friends without having to ask everyone to repeat him or herself."

The women she most admires are her mother, Marie Dyer, and her mother-in-law, Elaine Bell.

"My mother, when I was a child, instilled in myself a solid foundation of love for others and a love for God," she said. "My husband, Jack, claims that his mother raised him in a similar manner. Because of the influence of our mothers, we have been able to raise a righteous family together with an importance on serving the Lord as well as loving one another."

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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